For the Beauty of the Earth

"For the Beauty of the Earth"


Lyrics

 

Verse 1
For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies

Chorus
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise

Verse 2
For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale, and tree and flower
Sun and moon, and stars of light

Chorus

Verse 3
For the joy of ear and eye
For the heart and mind’s delight
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight

Chorus

Verse 4
For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth, and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild

Chorus 

About this song: Folliott S. Pierpoint, age 29, was taking a walk one late Spring day in the lovely area surrounding his home in England when he wrote this hymn in awe of the beauty around him.  It first appeared in 1864 in a book of Eucharistic Hymns and Poems.  The original text was modified in 1916 in order for it to serve as a general hymn as opposed to a sacramental, communion hymn.  I love this hymn because it focuses on our gratitude for our blessings, both large and small.  

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Colossians 3:16

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.